The V.I. Department of Human Services’ Division of Senior Citizens Affairs Information and Referral (I&R) Senior Identification Document (ID) Program is waiving the fee for Senior ID cards.
“As we are in the midst of COVID surges and most importantly celebrating our beloved seniors through an array of social, emotional and spiritual activities for Older Americans Month, this waiver will help our senior population, which is in coordination of Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.’s new health and wellness initiative dubbed ‘Our Best Life’.”
The initiative was announced during a weekly press conference at Government House last week. The “Our Best Life” initiative is being spearheaded by the Human Services Department in partnership with Sports, Parks and Recreation, and it is meant to facilitate activities and spaces that will increase the health and activity levels of seniors, children and families.
The emphasis of the initiative, Bryan said, is on seniors’ ability to “age well and with dignity” and on “helping families be active again.”
Seniors 60 years of age and older qualify to receive a Senior ID Card from the Department of Human Services. Once they are given scheduled appointment dates, they will need to provide supporting documents to verify age, such as a birth certificate, passport or other government issued valid ID and proof of residency such as a utility bill, property tax statement or rental lease/deed.
The fee for the Senior ID has been waived, and the ID will be valid for a period of five years. Clients are reminded that these services are by appointment; and for the health and safety of all, COVID protocols must be adhered to.
Commissioner Kimberley Causey-Gomez encourages all who are eligible for a Senior ID card to make an appointment because the DHS Senior ID cards can be used to obtain valuable discounts at grocery stores, pharmacies, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the Lieutenant Governor’s Property Tax Office, and several other locations throughout the territory.
For more information about the Senior ID Program or to schedule an appointment, contact the Department of Human Services at the following phone numbers:
- St. Croix – 772-7148 – Division of Senior Citizens Affairs, 1401 Mars Hill Frederiksted, St. Croix
- St. Thomas – 774-0930 ext. 4018 – Division of Senior Citizens Affairs, 1303 Hospital Ground, STE 1 St. Thomas
- St. John – 776-6334 – St. John DHS Multipurpose Center, Cruz Bay, St. John
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